"Who you gonna call?"

Can you believe that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters (1984)?  Remarkably it has been just that long since we first heard that iconic theme song by Ray Parker Jr. and met Dr. Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Dr. Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson) for the first time. What could have been a silly, special effects blowout ended up becoming a monumental pop culture icon. The Ghostbuster logo is one of those icons that is instantly recognizable across the globe, like Superman’s symbol or Coke. Plus let me re-mention that theme song!

 

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Win, lose or draw: Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

 

One evening, the front door of a house is left open by a murderer, as he creeps in to kill the family.  The only survivor is a toddler, who wandered out of his bed, out of the house, and down the street into a graveyard (while the murderer was busy).  The toddler, named Nobody (Bod for short), is adopted by ghosts and grows up in the  graveyard.  He is given ghostly powers and instructed to stay in the graveyard, because it is the only place he will be safe from the man that murdered his “before” family, who is still looking for him.  However, Bod doesn’t always do what he is told…

VERDICT: This is a great book for the Halloween season.  Gruesome story line and setting, but great writing.  I loved “watching” Bod grow up and experience his different adventures, in the graveyard and outside of it.

A new version of this book has been released in graphic novel form, divided into 2 volumes. Seven comic book artists each take a chapter of the book and illustrate it, into their own version.

 

Clash of the Covers: Which creepy read are you looking forward to reading this August?

 

9781606841563Amity by Micol Ostow will be released on August 26, 2014.

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Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff will be released on August 14, 2014.

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The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco will be released on August 5, 2014.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan will be released on August 26, 2014.

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Sanctum by Madeleine Roux will be released on August 26, 2014.

(Read Asylum before you read Sanctum!)

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Undead with Benefits by Jeff Hart will be released on August 26, 2014.

(Read Eat, Brains, Love before you read Undead with Benefits!)

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Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo will be released on August 26, 2014.